DCF Employees File Discrimination Suit Against Agency

Shawn Grate
Ashland County Sheriff Office

Four African American employees of the state Department of Children and Families are suing the state agency, saying it discriminates against minority workers.

The workers allege that African American employees have been the target of racially motivated disciplinary actions and are promoted at a lesser rate. The lawsuit also says the workers' concerns have been ignored by supervisors and they have faced other forms of harassment.

One of the plaintiffs said Monday the lawsuit was filed in an effort "to be free of America's endemic racism."

The employees who filed the lawsuit all work for the agency's Connecticut Juvenile Training School, a children's detention center in Middletown.

DCF officials said on Monday they are reviewing the lawsuit.

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